The most exciting moment was when I realised this was a career for me
One of the most interesting parts of the weeklong courses was hearing from speakers in industry and understanding their routes into cyber security and what they now do for a living. It is a brilliant way to get young people inspired.
The most exciting moment across all of the courses that I took part in was at the end when we were talked through a presentation slide about all of the paths we could now follow into a career of our own in cyber. I realised that this really is a career path that I would like to pursue. I’d always wanted to work with computers but could never say in exactly what field, CyberFirst gave me the ability to say for definite, I want to work in cyber security.
The challenging parts were the most enjoyable
The most challenging aspects of the courses were also the most enjoyable. These were the hands-on experiences using industry standard tools and solving problems set for you in a cyber security context, for example, using an array of open source intelligence techniques to gather information about a target individual. Tasks like this sometimes require you to think a long way outside the box, even finding individuals that match a description on mapping websites standing outside their homes.
A brilliant opportunity
Even for people who are not sure about what career they would like to pursue this is a brilliant opportunity to experience something new, and quickly discover how interesting it is. For the people already looking at a career in cyber, it’s a no-brainer.